Operation Mobilisation (Ships)
Multinational and multicultural. Interdenominational (LCD)
Emphasis on prayer/Bible study. Not Reformed
Evangelism False gospel, lay preaching.
Faith based (finances)
I benefited enormously from my two years on Logos, seeing some wonderful places, learned about the world, met many believers from all over, discussed doctrine, got into trouble, learned to pray, sinned grievously but had prayer answered when I met my wife. I plan to elaborate on the points above in the future.
Notes on a speech at Covenant P.R.Church, Ballymena 24th January 2018 by Rev. Nathan Decker, Trinity P.R.C., U.S.A.
Wisdom is the application of knowledge to glorify God.
A table contrasting living wisely with how Satan tempts us through digital technology:
|How to live wisely
||How Satan may use this tool
|Not addicted (enslaved)
Content viewed: good sites and neutral sites (but avoiding much pointless entertainment)
|Addicted. Sites are intentionally addictive by design on our minds (physiologically/psychologically).
Content viewed: wicked sites
|Serving others and pointing to Christ.
||Selfishness-promotion of self
|Diligent, daily devotion and weekly worship
||Distracted from these
|Porn is immediately avoided. Helpful book “The Next Story” by Tim Challies chapter 10 on how to protect your home/children
|Exercise authority over children/ keep them accountable
||Spoil them, never call to them to account.
It must be added that just like the printing press in the 16th century, digital technology can be and is used powerfully for the extension of the Kingdom of God in many places especially where access to Scriptures and churches is scarce. Christian websites, Scriptures on line, and live streaming of sermons and sermon archives are a boon to many in restricted countries and where the church has apostatized and there are no true churches.
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Sung Psalm 73:21-28
Reading Psalm 73
God is good to us (his people)!
The writer Asaph was a Levitical leader of the singers at the tabernacle in David’s day and later possibly in the temple in Solomon’s time.
It is a Psalm of particular grace (v 1)-God is good to the church, his saved people.
Asaph’s fall would not just have been a trip but one like over a cliff, fatal!
Vv3-12 he bemoans the material prosperity of the wicked
Vv13-16 this is contrasted with his troubles (v 14) I believe is a sense of his sin and God’s chastisement)
V17 entering into God’s presence in the sanctuary corrects his thinking. He sees things from God’s viewpoint, realises his privilege and realises the end of the wicked. Let this mind be in you (Phil.2)
Vv18,19 speaks of the certain doom of the wicked
Vv21,22 he confesses his sin
Vv23,24 underlines the perseverance/preservation of the saints (John 10:28,29), God’s counsel or plan of our earthly circumstances and the glory that awaits us (although it is already part of us-Rom.8:18-30).
For further reading:
“It should fill us with joy, that infinite wisdom guides the affairs of this world. Many of its events are shrouded in darkness and mystery, and inextricable confusion sometimes seems to reign. Often wickedness prevails, and God seems to have forgotten the creatures that He has made. Our own path through life is dark and devious, beset with difficulties and dangers. How full of consolation is the doctrine that infinite wisdom directs every event, brings order out of confusion, and light out darkness, and, to those who love God, causes all things, whatever be their present aspect and apparent tendency, to work together for good.”
by: J.L. Dagg
Thanks Nil Bansale
I Kings 3 tells us the source of King Solomon’s wisdom. It was given him by God in answer to prayer, prayed mind you, in his sleep in a dream! It was wisdom to govern and judge but he was also given great learning and insight presumably by reading and observing the natural world. Sadly, in his life he was unwise in his polygamy, something many believe he renounced towards the end of his life.
His reign of peace and wisdom prefigure Christ who was wisdom personified, as he penned by inspiration in Proverbs 8. Wisdom was eternally begotten, delighted in creation, was himself the delight of his Father and having done all his redeeming work, installed in the position of all power (Matthew 28:18), to be confirmed publicly when he appears.
Solomon built a beautiful earthly temple, Christ builds the temple of his church throughout history, the place where he dwells forever.
Christ alone reveals the wisdom of God.
The sum of all true wisdom and knowledge may be reduced to these three heads:—
1. The knowledge of God, his nature and his properties.
2. The knowledge of ourselves in reference to the will of God concerning us.
3. Skill to walk in communion with God:—
- Knowledge of God. “He that hath seen me hath seen the father.”How else to know his love apart from Christ? (I John 4:9). Pardoning mercy and grace? (Rom.3:25, John 1:14). Vindictive justice (Making Christ to be sin and suffer God’s wrath). Patience, forbearance and long-suffering (II Peter 3:9). When Moses asked God to show him his glory he hid him in a rock, that rock was Christ.
- Ourselves. Our sin is manifest by our consciences and the righteous law and just judgment is coming. We know these things by his death. God, in the death of Christ, punishes and condemns sin in the flesh of his own Son, in the sight of men, angels, and devils, and he has given an abundant assurance of a righteous and universal judgement to come; (how could his cruel killers get away with it?) By his resurrection he has given assurance that Christ risen from the dead, is appointed by him to be the judge of all; in whom and by whom he will judge the world in righteousness granting unspeakable consolation on the one hand to those who believe in him, and terror on the other to those who despise him: so that the wisdom of this also is hid in Christ.
- To follow (In Christ is the wisdom to walk with God).
From John Owen’s work Communion with God.
Christ with the woman at the well (John 4:1-45) exemplifies wisdom in witness. Divine providence led Christ to her (v4), his route, his thirst…..
- he excited her interest (v14)
- she desired the living water (v15)
- sin had to be dealt with (v16ff)
- she is instructed in true worship (v24)
- Christ reveals himself to her (v26)
- she believes (v29)
- she wins many others (v39)
Lord help us do likewise. Lead us to prepared hearts.
Notes from recent speech by Rev. Martyn McGeown in South Wales.
Reading Proverbs 4:1-13
Why is wisdom crucial in life? Because God is wise and Christ is the wisdom of God.
Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. God is omniscient and wise.
Wisdom is the use, adaptation and application of knowledge to it’s highest end which is the glory of God.
Five words for fools in O.T. each progressively worse: simple/gullible, arrogant, sensual, scorner, stubborn.
They all have this in common, they don’t listen to advice or godly wisdom.
Wisdom and folly are ethical rather than intellectual properties.
A wise person pays attention to reality, circumstances and facts.
Means of obtaining wisdom: listening to and applying good Biblical preaching, prayer and godly counsel.
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